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Is Signing Fedor The End Of Strikeforce?
UFC President Dana White on Strikeforce and Fedor,
“They have no money, no fighters. They’re a small-town show. Cung Le hasn’t defended the title since like 1997. Josh Thomson hasn’t defended the belt in like two years. Who’s their other champion? Alistair Overeem? He hasn’t defended the belt in like two years. It’s Strike-Farce. It’s a little regional show with no one in it…. [Fedor Emelianenko will] put them out of business. They have no money and no distribution. You know how many people watch their fights? Their last fight [on Showtime cable], 245,000 people watched that fight. That’s nothing…. I offered him a great deal. I guarantee you the Strikeforce deal wasn’t in the same universe with ours. it wasn’t close. They probably didn’t even pay him as much as Affliction was.” [FanHouse]
Dana White comments on Strikeforce at today’s UFC 101 Press Conference. His opinion has some merit, what will signing Fedor Emelianenko cost Strikeforce? Fedor is still relatively unknown to most casual fans. Even if they know whow he is, many have never seen him fight. Its not like I’m anti-Fedor, I’m just pro-Strikeforce, they might be the last real completion for the UFC out their. Competition is good.